Scaling and Root Planing below the gumline, commonly known as Deep Cleaning, is the easiest and best way to treat early gum disease and gingivitis and stop it from progressing into a more severe health issue. The mouth is really a small biosphere with bacteria and tarter making a home at and below the gumline. You don’t feel it and it doesn’t hurt, but bacteria releases acids that will turn the gums red and tender and cause tooth enamel to lose it’s natural glossy finish. Under a microscope, tarter looks like the barnacles on a ship’s hull.
Scaling cleans the teeth above and below the gums down to the roots and sanitizes the small pockets where the bacteria, tarter and other toxins accumulate. Root planing is often performed after the Scaling procedure to smooth out the root structures. The base enamel of a tooth’s roots is often rough, pitted and irregular, making the roots an inviting target for plaque, tarter, and other toxins. The newly smooth roots will then induce the growth of healthy gingival tissue.
Another effective Deep Cleaning option is the usage of Arestin antibiotic treatment. When applied directly into the affected gum pockets, most patients enjoy a comprehensive sanitizing of bacteria and other toxins.
Patients with gum issues such as obvious deposits along the gumline, will often ignore Deep Cleaning treatments due to phobias or pain concerns. This periodontal neglect can result in irreversible tooth loss. Scaling and Root Planing is usually performed under a local anesthetic or a numbing agent. Our patients particularly like Cyclorinse which numbs the mouth for about thirty minutes, allowing the Dental Hygienist to work with minimal discomfort to
Patients usually experience only minor soreness for a few hours after the procedure. For most, it’s an invigorating soreness, like walking out of a great massage. You feel confident that your teeth and gums are clean, in top shape and ready to help you take on whatever the world has in store for you.
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Once periodontal disease has been detected, a regular 3-4 month schedule of Scaling and Root Planing will correct the inflammation, soreness, and discoloring common to gum disease and will help ensure that your clean, natural smile will last a lifetime.